July 3, 2016 |
AVALON, N.J. - You don't expect to necessarily have a sound track, let alone a Bob Dylan-alluding surprise, found along the 1.1-mile self-guided Avalon Dune Trail, lately in the news because of a plan to cut down some (nonnative) Japanese black pines that has stirred up controversy and conspiracy theories among residents. But there it was, and it was not blowing in the wind. Rather, it was hidden behind a fence post on the 48th Street trail back to the street, and you'd either have to have a geocaching treasure-hunt app on your phone to know where to look, or, alternatively, you'd just have to follow a girl in jellies leaving the beach - who adamantly and perhaps admirably refused to either comment or give her name - who knew where to look and had signed her name earlier on the little yellow scroll contained inside the pillbox.
September 11, 2015 |
'I care about that stuff. There are people out there that care about that," rapper Ryshon Jones says, describing his near-obsession with perfecting interludes in his music. Sequences are vital to the 24-year-old Philadelphia native, who meticulously crafts the ebb and flow of his projects. He once spent two weeks trying to "find the right track two. " Agonizing over details brought Jones to this point. In the fall, he will release his third album, You're Safe Now , which boasts producer credit of critically acclaimed rapper/producer Mac Miller.
December 22, 2014 |
Last weekend, the Springfield Township library in Delaware County hosted a screening of the sing-along edition of Frozen , the Disney film in which an ice queen, Elsa, dooms her subjects to eternal frostbite until her younger sister, Anna, steps in to save the day. The children in attendance (including 12 Elsas, two Annas, and a Superman) were spellbound. Amanda Winnett, however, was less than rapt. It was, she said, about the 200th time she had watched the film with her daughter Catherine, a 4-year-old wearing filmy Frozen pajamas and clutching a magic wand that looked deceivingly like a craft-foam snowflake stapled to a Popsicle stick.
October 7, 2014 |
From the sound of things, Greg Dulli still hasn't given himself a break. Since the '90s, with such psyche-stirring albums as Gentlemen , the Afghan Whigs allowed Dulli to reach into the darkest recesses of the male anima. He twisted literate lyrics of overwrought emotionalism, vengeful disgust (usually involving busted romances) and seedy self-loathing into a soulful, post-punk opera of his unmerry devising. That he shut down the Whigs only to reunite (some of) them for their first album in 16 years (2014's Do to the Beast )
September 30, 2014 |
It's no secret the Disco Biscuits love to play. Formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaalude, the Biscuits merged the jam-band form familiar from the Grateful Dead and the all-day-all-night sensibilities of a techno-tronic rave with electronic beats and boings to match. Along with launching Camp Bisco's music festival for improvisational bands and DJs in Upstate New York, the Biscuits play mini-fests, called City Bisco, where they take over your town and several venues for a stretch.
April 1, 2014 |
Despite Donald Glover's pedigree as a writer for 30 Rock and his starring role on Community , there's nothing funny about his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, and albums like Camp . Caustically witty and weirdly metaphorical with an oddly jagged sound track, yes, but hardly the stuff of stand-up or sketch comedy. Then again, during Gambino's Electric Factory show Friday, you couldn't help sensing this was performance art, with its drawing-room set and e-speak projections in accordance with the backstory of his album Because the Internet of a tweet-happy socialite bugging out in his mansion.
January 15, 2014 |
If you ignore the blasting sound track, studded with a really odd mix of music, BBC Earth's 3-D spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs , the film version of the 1999 BBC TV show, is a pleasing, sometimes awe-inspiring rendition of life among some of the less-celebrated dinosaurs of northwestern North America. The music's not great, the jokes are corny, and sometimes the voice-overs aren't much better, especially the unaccountable Hispanic accent John Leguizamo gives to the dino-age bird Alexornis.
January 4, 2013 |
There's a moment in the musical Les Misérables when Jean Valjean, who had spent the last 19 years imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, narrowly escapes being sent back after snatching silver from a kindly bishop. It's a turning point for the protagonist, who uses the reprieve to launch into a song - "What Have I Done?" - and a new way of life. It's kind of like what happened to Trinity Wheeler a few years back. The production manager for the touring company of Les Misérables (currently at Philadelphia's Academy of Music)
August 18, 2011 |
"GLEE" ACTOR Jonathan Groff , who plays Jesse St. James on the Fox hit, will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at 1:30 Sunday afternoon before a day of harness racing at Harrah's Chester. The Lancaster-raised actor's dad, Jim Groff , is a veteran harness driver and trainer. His son was nominated for a Tony award for his performance in Broadway's "Spring Awakening. " Gay journos Curry favor "Today Show" co-host Ann Curry and CNN's Don Lemon , formerly of NBC10, will be keynote speakers at the 21st annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention next weekend at the Loews Hotel.
July 23, 2010 |
To watch the movie producer Gregoire Canvel (played by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) walking through the streets of Paris in the heartbreaking Father of My Children is to witness a man with the weight of the world pressing down on him. In the early sequences of Mia Hansen-Love's beautifully observed family portrait, Canvel, wielding a mobile phone (or two), smoking cigarettes, fielding panicky missives from a Swedish film set, is all resilient charm. Sure, he owes millions to labs, to studios, to the banks.